To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the percentage coverage of flexible-sigmoidoscopy screening was at the end of (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15; and what the projected coverage of such screening is for the end of 2015-16.
The Bowel Scope Screening (BSS) programme began at the end of March 2013. As of 31 March 2014 36% of BSS flexible sigmoidoscopy centres were operational, exceeding the 30% target. It is planned that 60% of centres will be operational by the end of March 2015.
As at the end of August 2014, 47,637 invitations have been issued and 15,800 BSS procedures had been performed. Uptake stood at approximately 44% and ranged from 38% in the lowest site to 51% in the highest. 625 people had been referred to colonoscopy following a BSS with 17 cancers detected and 273 high/immediate risk polyps and 233 low risk polyps managed or removed.